Challenge Cup

  • Rugby's World Challenge

    With the IRB standing to make a huge loss, have rugby bosses dropped the ball by returning the Rugby World Cup to New Zealand? From a sporting perspective, New Zealand is the ideal host for the pinnacle of world rugby union. The all-conquering All Blacks co-hosted and won the first ever Rugby World Cup (RWC) in 1987 and are the leading points scorers of all time. However, from a business standpoint, the IRB (International Rugby Board) stands to make a loss on all fronts. For the complete...

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  • Sky Sports to Screen Live Challenge Cup Action

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) have reached an agreement that will see Carnegie Challenge Cup fixtures broadcast live by both Sky Sports and the BBC. For the first time in the competition’s history, Sky Sports are to screen ties from fourth, fifth and quarter-final rounds of this year’s tournament alongside the existing coverage on BBC1 and BBC2. Today’s announcement follows on from the RFL securing a lucrative new five-year contract that will see the Challenge Cup shown on BBC until the...

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  • One More Year For Ladbrokes And Challenge Cup

    Rugby league’s oldest and most prestigious competition the Challenge Cup will continue to be sponsored by Ladbrokes for the 2018 season. This season has seen a record number of games from the competition broadcast live on the BBC and Sky Sports and the new deal comes the week of the 2017 final between Hull FC and Wigan. Rugby Football League chief commercial officer, Roger Draper, said: “I am delighted that Ladbrokes have decided to extend their current partnership and that they recognise th...

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  • Investec continue Autum International sponsorship

    Investec, the international specialist banking group, are to continue their sponsorship of England’s autumn international matches at Twickenham, known as the Investec Challenge Series.  The sponsorship will continue through to 2011 when England will play their Investec Challenge Rugby World Cup warm up matches before departing for RWC 2011 in New Zealand. The Investec Challenge Series sees England play against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa as well as the Pacific Islanders, Fiji, Sam...

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  • World Club Challenge Expansion to be 'Investigated'

    Proposals to expand rugby league's World Club Challenge are to be considered by a newly-formed Working Party comprised of representatives of the Stobart Super League and the the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia, the NRL. Rugby Football League (RFL) chief executive Nigel Wood and his counterpart from the Australian Rugby League Commission, David Gallup, discussed the proposals this week at a meeting of the rugby league International Federation in London and...

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  • World Club Challenge To Be Expanded

    Officials from across the world of rugby league have held a meeting to discuss the details of a possible expansion of the World Club Challenge. This year’s competition takes place at Headingley Stadium on Friday and is between Leeds Rhinos and Melbourne Storm but it is set to be held down under next year for the first time since 1997 and is then likely to expand to accommodate six teams in 2015. Super League and NRL clubs have reportedly agreed to the changes and they now have to be ratified b...

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  • BBC Commit to Rugby League Until 2016

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) have announced that they have agreed a new contract that will see BBC Sport remain as the principal broadcaster for rugby league’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition, the Carnegie Challenge Cup, for the next five years. The deal ensures that the Carnegie Challenge Cup final will continue to be broadcast live on BBC1 until 2016. The BBC will also broadcast live matches in the fourth and fifth rounds, quarter-finals and semi-finals for the duration o...

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  • Challenge Cup Keeps Them Coming Back

    The Challenge Cup final has proved to be an event that fans attend year after year after a questionnaire carried out at the Challenge Cup final has revealed that 82% of fans attending the game had been to the final before. Running Rugby took to Wembley Way this weekend to talk to Rugby League fans before the Challenge Cup final. 78,482 fans attended the game which was held at the Wembley Stadium which has a capacity of 90,000. 64% of those questioned believed that the Cup final is a bigger occas...

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  • Over 70,000 Tickets Sold For Challenge Cup Final

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has announced that over 70,000 tickets have sold for this weekend's Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos. Seats in the lower tiers at the 90,000-capacity Wembley are almost sold out, with RFL marketing director Mark Foster hailing the demand for tickets and urging supporters without one to act fast. "The demand to see this event has been so high that we have had to employ extra ticketing staff, just to cope with demand,...

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  • BBC Extends Challenge Cup Deal To 2020

    The BBC has extended its deal with the Rugby Football League (RFL) to broadcast the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and highlights of the First Utility Super League until 2020. The 2015 Challenge Cup final saw a crowd of 80,140 watch Leeds beat Hull KR 50-0 on Saturday and the contract extension means that live matches in the sixth round, quarter-finals and semi-finals will be broadcast on the BBC from 2016 onwards. The new deal will also see rugby league coverage continue on BBC Radio 5 Live and the Su...

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